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Equity in Education Certificate

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Equity in Education
Summer Speaker Series


WCU's College of Education and Allied Professions in partnership with the Division of Educational Outreach, invite you to attend the Equity in Education Summer Speaker Series for $45 per session.



Wednesday, July 7th 5:30-6:30 pm EST:

Title: Equity Pedagogies: Cultivating Relevant, Responsive, and Sustaining Classrooms to Ensure Opportunities to Learn
Dr. Brandi Hinnant-Crawford

Associate Professor of Educational Research at Western Carolina University

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator for Teacher Education

Wednesday, July 21st 5:30-6:30 pm EST:

Title: Culturally Responsive School Leadership
Dr. Muhammad Khalifa
Professor of Educational Administration at THE Ohio State University

  • President/CEO of the Culturally Responsive School Leadership Institute

Wednesday, August 4th 5:30-6:30 pm EST:

Title: A Framework and Process for Educational Equity Systems Change
Dr. Elise Frattura
Professor Emeritus of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • Co-Founder of Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity

8-week Certificate Program
June 14 - August 6, 2021
Online module format including 4 live online, evening sessions 
Cost: $980.00

This program has reached full capacity. Registration is now CLOSED. Please email to be added to a waiting list.

The College of Education and Allied Professions in partnership with the Division of Educational Outreach invites you to register for the Summer 2021 Equity in Education Certificate. Drs. Darrius Stanley and Jess Weiler, who are faculty in the WCU Educational Leadership program(s) and experts in the area of educational leadership for social justice, are the co-directors of the program. 

Using online modules, live discussions, and engagement with field experts, this program will build the capacities of regional educators (aspiring and practicing), school and district based personnel, educational preparation professionals, school, district and community-based leaders to lead equity systems change. Specifically, this certificate will help educators: 1) develop their lenses to recognize injustice through historical analyses and identity development, 2) devise leadership strategies to improve the experiences of marginalized youth and families, and 3) construct a plan to implement and sustain systemic reform for equity. Students will receive a certificate and continuing education credit upon successful completion of the program.

Program Features:

  • 8 week, online module format including 4 live online, evening sessions
  • Three guest lectures from experts in the fields of educational leadership and social justice education
  • Peer collaboration and networking
  • Development of a Professional Development Plan for Institutional/Systems Reform 

Evening Session Information:

There will be 4 dates (live online sessions) which are required and 3 will include guest speakers (see bolded dates). The additional dates are optional and for enrichment purposes; they will feature the co-directors (more information to come). The dates are as follows, times TBD, but will be in the evening. Please mark your calendars: 

  • Tuesday, June 22nd
  • Tuesday, July 6th (optional, enrichment)
  • Wednesday, July 7th
  • Tuesday, July 20th (optional, enrichment)
  • Wednesday, July 21st
  • Tuesday, August 3rd (optional, enrichment)
  • Wednesday, August 4th

For content-related details and questions, please contact Drs. Darrius Stanley and Jessica Weiler: and/or  For technical questions, such as cost and registration, contact Educational Outreach:

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